Cape Coast MCE sued …over misunderstanding relating to confirmation

Twenty-three Assembly members of the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly have sued Ernest Arthur, the Metropolitan Chief Executive, over misunderstanding relating to his confirmation.

The move by the Assembly members were allegedly based on the fact that his conduct during his confirmation was in breach of Article 243(1) of the 1992 Constitution and the Representation of People’s Law (PNDCL 284), as amended and section 20(1) of the Local Government Act,1993 (Act 462).

They argued in their statement of claim that the declaration of Mr Arthur as the Metropolitan Chief Executive was fundamentally flawed and must be nullified.

At the Cape Coast High Court II on Wednesday, the Plaintiffs prayed the court to cancel Mr Arthur’s position and give opportunity to a different candidate to represent the Metropolis but the court, presided over by Justice Kwasi Boakye, adjourned the case to December 20 to allow the assembly members file and go through all necessary documentation and processes for proceedings to commence.

Justice Boakye told the plaintiffs to inform the Defendant who could not appear before the court for not being served.

Kwaku Kangah-Kesse, Counsel for the assembly members, contended that his clients wanted the Metropolitan Chief Executive’s position to be set aside and declared null and void and order fresh nomination and further confirmation for any interested candidate.

Usman Abban Egyin, the Assemblymember for Kakumdo Electoral Area, said they were in court to pursue the progress, growth and development of Cape Coast, residents and not their personal interests, and insisted that the confirmation of Mr Arthur was illegal, void and with no legal effect.

On October 17, Mr Arthur was confirmed amidst chaos and misunderstanding due to an alleged over voting in his favor. -GNA

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